Minnesota awards $500,000 grant to expand child care in Kandiyohi County

May 16, 2024

Minnesota awards $500,000 grant to expand child care in Kandiyohi County
By Jennifer Kotila KANDIYOHI COUNTY — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced $6.2 million in new grants to expand child care across the state, including $500,000 for Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded 21 organizations with Child Care Economic Development grants — the state’s largest-ever round of funding for this program. The funding is expected to increase child care program capacity by 2,241 slots throughout the state. This

Grant could bring nature-themed preschool, daycare pods to Kandiyohi County

April 1, 2024

The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is applying for a state grant to help fund two child care projects. The County Board OK’d a $70,000 request toward the grant. WILLMAR — It was a rush for the Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission to pull together a grant application due last week for up to $600,000 to go toward two unique child care projects in Kandiyohi County. Read the full story here

Food cooperative to open grocery store Friday in New London, Minnesota

April 1, 2024

Food cooperative to open grocery store Friday in New London, Minnesota
NEW LONDON — For the past six years, the New London community gathered to find a way to introduce more local foods into their lives. They wanted something that could be community-led and work to benefit local producers, businesses and everyone else in the community. On Friday, the New London Food Cooperative will open its doors to the public after six years of planning, organizing and finally remodeling their very own brick and mortar grocery store at 14 First Ave. S.E. in New London. Read

Governor Walz Announces $53 Million to Expand Broadband to 8,900 Minnesota Homes and Businesses

April 1, 2024

Governor Walz Announces $53 Million to Expand Broadband to 8,900 Minnesota Homes and Businesses
[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today announced over $50 million in grants to expand broadband access to an estimated 8,900 homes and businesses throughout Minnesota. “We’re investing in broadband infrastructure statewide to help thousands of Minnesotans connect to jobs, education, healthcare, and their communities,” said Governor Walz. “Helping more Minnesotans get online at high speeds is one of the ways we’re making Minnesota the best state for families,

A Splash Pad Story of Community Construction from Atwater

April 1, 2024

Atwater has many things, but it was missing a splash pad. The residents made up for that loss by making the dream a reality with abundant community support. What was a mere idea shared among neighbors turned into a completely community supported project from start to finish. Marketing and Communications Specialist Kelsey Olson talked with residents to hear the splash pad story. “The idea came from Jerry Spencer; he started talking about it to his neighbors,” said Lee Mickle, the Atwater resident

What’s Going Up: Q&A with Spicer

April 1, 2024

Kelsey Olson Marketing and Communications Specialist with KCED sat down with Denny Baker, former Mayor of Spicer, over pastries and coffee at Westwood Café to learn about his work starting the city’s current housing projects.   What are the two housing developments that are going up in Spicer? Ryan Koosman, owner of RAK Const., LLC, is building two separate projects. One is a group of four 3-plex buildings, with a total of 12 units south of United Prairie Bank. This is the Southern Bluff

What’s Going Up: Q&A with New London

April 1, 2024

Kelsey Olson Marketing and Communications Specialist for KCED asked City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Trudie Guptill about the journey in finding a new location for city hall and the library and the process of bringing the Southwest West Central Educational Learning Center here. In between a conference, snowstorm and the city’s audit she was kind enough to send answers to the City of New London’s construction process.   When was it first decided that a new location was needed? It has been

Nailing Down the Status of Local Lumber and Construction

April 1, 2024

Kelsey Olson, Marketing and Communications Specialist headed out on a snowy day to Perkins Lumber in Spicer and Monson Lumber in Hawick. Like the construction industry, nothing kept staff from being ready and working despite snow-blown roads. As I entered Shawn Oman’s office, Estimator at Perkins Lumber, I first noticed blueprints of a proposed new home laid out neatly, a notepad with figures written on it, and in between the ink and paper, a dream becoming a reality for a family someplace.

Marotzke hired by Kandiyohi County Economic Development

February 12, 2024

Marotzke hired by Kandiyohi County Economic Development
Michelle Marotzke, current economic development professional at the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, has been hired as the Kandiyohi County Economic Development business development manager. WILLMAR — A new business development manager has been hired by Kandiyohi County Economic Development. Michelle Marotzke, economic development professional with Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, will start her new position in March. The Joint Operations Board and the Joint Powers Board of Kandiyohi

EDC focus on child care helps alleviate the child care crisis

February 7, 2024

EDC focus on child care helps alleviate the child care crisis
In December of 2022, the number of additional child care slots needed in Kandiyohi County was 935. The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC launched the Child Care Economic Development Program, which is estimated to have created 263 additional child care slots.   By Jennifer Kotila WILLMAR — With Kandiyohi County facing a child care crisis, lacking 935 child care slots, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission in 2023 focused its efforts on alleviating
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